U.S. Government Turns Its Back on Migrant Rights—Again
Last weekend, the U.S. government announced that it would pull out of negotiations on the U.N. Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration ("Global Compact"). This decision abdicates U.S. leadership on a critical human rights issue and further weakens our position on the global stage. It also enables the Donald Trump administration to continue to advance an agenda that criminalizes migrant workers in our country and turns away people fleeing violence and persecution.
Continuing his “America First” approach to foreign policy, President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of a United Nations compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants.
The proposed UN global compact on migration acknowledges the positive impact that migrants have on development, but there needs to be more acknowledgement that migration cannot be “extracted” from development and managed separately.
New expert recommendations in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration report could be crucial to ensure the autonomy and independence of women migrant workers across the world.
As UN Member States begin the process of developing a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration, they must put special focus on protecting the rights, risks and motivations of migrant children.